Wichita State appears to have a No. 1 seed locked up. Palm, Lunardi, USA Today and almost everybody else projects the Shockers on that top spot. At The Bracket Project, all but two of the 100-plus brackets surveyed place WSU as No. 1, giving it a 1.03 overall seeding.
WSU’s 34-0 record appears to be an unbeatable resume chip. The Shockers aren’t going to lose between now and Sunday and perfect is perfect. WSU’s schedule isn’t as strong as many of the contenders (you may have heard). To place the Shockers No. 1, a committee member must believe in the power of perfect, a non-conference schedule that featured road wins and not many cupcakes and the (believe or not) eye test.
If you followed the 2005 WSU volleyball team, perhaps you’re skeptical of an NCAA selection committee’s ability to reward the Shockers. It might help if some of the contenders flopped in the conference tournament. Could the selection committee resist bumping a Kansas, a Michigan or a Wisconsin past the Shockers if those schools win their conference tournament in impressive fashion? Perhaps Villanova should worry more than WSU.
It never hurts to have a rooting interest.
Michigan (23-7) - Has won five in a row and plays Friday in the Big Ten Tournament. What would winning the regular season and tournament titles mean?
Kansas (23-8) - Losers of two of the past three (eight total) and saddled with a big injury problem. A great schedule and a No. 3 RPI helps. Plays Oklahoma State on Thursday afternoon.
Wisconsin (25-6) - Badgers won eight straight before losing at Nebraska. 15-5 vs. top 100 in the RPI. Plays Friday in the Big 10 Tournament.
Duke (24-7) - A loss at Wake Forest doesn’t feel like something a No. 1 seed can handle.
Virginia (25-6) - Shocker fans can thank Mark Turgeon’s Maryland Terps for ending Maryland’s 13-game win streak. Cavs also have losses to VCU and Green Bay.